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'Choir Boy': Theater Review

'Choir Boy': Theater Review
While few doubt the capacious talent of 33-year-old Tarell Alvin McCraney, on the evidence of his trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays, he could have been mistaken for an accessibly esoteric artist trafficking in Orisha myths and remote subcultures. So it’s a bracing surprise that his Choir Boy — set in a contemporary black prep school removed from the depradations of society yet inevitably embroiled in its challenges — demonstrates formidable commercial chops, with little evident compromise of the playwright's illuminating vision or poetic language. From A Separate Peace through If… to Dead Poets’ Society and The History Boys, the boys’

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What is the best Ya novel of all time? Round one

What is the best Ya novel of all time? Round one
Welcome to EW.com’s Ya novel bracket game. We’re pitting 64 young adult books against each other in a March-Madness style game to determine which you think is the best of all time. Round one begins below.

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Little Women The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Ask any young reader to name her literary role model, and chances are she’ll point to Jo March ­a headstrong, hot-headed heroine modeled after Alcott herself. But there’s more to Little Women than Jo alone; Alcott’s domestic tale is truly absorbing, complete with one
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I'm still not over... The heartbreaking ending of 'Bridge to Terabithia'

I'm still not over... The heartbreaking ending of 'Bridge to Terabithia'
Here at EW, we’re reminiscing about the pop culture moments that we still can’t get over — no matter how much time has passed.

Fact #1: A great book you read as a kid will always affect you more deeply than a great book read at any other age.

Fact #2: Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Award-winning Bridge to Terabithia happens to be one of the greatest, saddest, most unforgettable children’s books ever written.

Fact #3: During a summer when Jeff Bridges’ long-in-the-works adaptation of The Giver actually seems to be gaining traction and theaters are finally showing a
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'The Simpsons': Daniel Radcliffe to guest

'The Simpsons': Daniel Radcliffe to guest
Good news: Daniel Radcliffe will make his return to a beloved franchise! Nope, not that one. The Harry Potter star has recorded another role for The Simpsons.

In an episode airing this coming season, Bart will encounter Diggs (Radcliffe), a strange older boy with a passion for falconry, among other things. “Diggs is a combination of Holden Caulfield, Finny from A Separate Peace and the kids in Lord of the Flies — only a little more screwed up,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW.

Radcliffe’s voice first graced the show in 2010’s “Treehouse of Horror Xxi”, in which he played the vampire son of Dracula.
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Tye Sheridan to Star in Grass Stains, Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs Join Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Bill Irwin Joins Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

Here's today's latest casting news: Tye Sheridan has graduated from Mud and will move on to Grass Stains, a coming-of-age indie from writer-director Kyle Wilamowski. Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing) is also in negotiations to star. Community co-stars Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs will reunite in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Chase will reprise his role as the advice-dispensing repairman while Jacobs will take on the female lead. Bill Irwin (Rachel Getting Married) will join Christopher Nolan's upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. THR reports that Sheridan is in negotiations to star in Grass Stains as a teen discovering his first love (Dever). However, "a prank goes awry and causes the death of his girlfriend’s older brother. The boy must balance this secret, his guilt and his feelings for the girl." Sounds like Grass Stains has shades of Bridge to Terabithia
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10 Things We Learned on the Set of 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a young adult novel that has become a dog-eared classic since its publication in 1999. It introduced a generation of teens to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Smiths, Harold and Maude, A Separate Peace, and plenty of other outsider books and movies that were like a secret handshake for teens who felt freaky. Wallflower is a series of letters written to an unknown reader by Charlie, a nervous, shy teen who is about to enter high school in the 'burbs of Pittsburgh. Once he's there, though, he finds his place among a pack of alternative teens, led by Sam and Patrick. Sam is beautiful, cool, and slightly troubled, and her stepbrother Patrick is intelligent, rebellious, and openly gay. As Charlie's year unfurls, so do his memories of the past,...

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Mindy Newell: Books, Banned and Burned

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This one’s for Martha …

Nothing like a good book to get the rabble-rousers going.

In Field Of Dreams, Ray Kinsella’s wife, played by Amy Madigan, successfully shuts down the effort to ban Terence Mann’s books from the local Iowa school system. Terence Mann – played by James Earl Jones – was based on J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of Catcher In The Rye.

Catcher was published in 1951, and has pretty much stayed on “attempts to ban it” lists since its publication. In fact, it was the most censored book in America from 1961 to 1982, even though, according to Wikipedia, it was the “second most taught book in United States public schools.” It most recently reappeared on the “most challenged books” list, published by American Library Association, in 2009.

These are some of the books I remember being on the curriculum when I was in school, along some that I missed because
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Phantom Menace Reissue Nostalgia: 13 Writers Remember Their First Date With Jar Jar

What a difference 13 years makes. This weekend, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace is being re-released in theaters, this time with an added third dimension, and not many seem to care. Contrast that to what happened in 1999, when the original release was caught up in a sixteen-year storm of hype. To help excavate our suppressed collective memories, Moviefone asked 13 writers -- including one who was there with George Lucas at the premiere at Skywalker Ranch -- to take us back to what we all thought was going to be a very glorious day. Kurt Loder, Movie Critic, Reason Online Who could forget their first exposure to The Phantom Menace? For a talented man, Lucas has a minimal flair for gripping dialogue ("Hold me like you did by the lake on Naboo"), nifty plot devices (a galactic tax dispute?), colorful character names (Nute Gunray? Shmi Skywalker?), or, Lord knows,
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Kate Walsh to Mom It Up in 'Wallflower'

Fans of the young adult novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" have yet another casting decision to hotly debate in comments sections around the web.

"Private Practice" star Kate Walsh has signed on to play the mom of Charlie (Logan Lerman), the titular wallflower in Stephen Chbosky's beloved book. Walsh Tweeted how excited she is about the gig.

"I guess word's out," she wrote. "Yes, shooting 'Perks of Being a Wallflower.' It's Awesome. A perfect script, delicious cast & fanfrickintastic director."

Lerman is joined by Emma "Hermione" Watson who, along with her stepbrother Patrick, introduces Charlie to a slightly less wallflower-y life than he'd previously known. "Vampire Diaries" heroine Nina Dobrev plays Charlie's sister.

Another name floating around is Paul Rudd; the actor has joined the cast but there's no official report on who he'll play. However, it seems likely that Rudd, whose adorability quotient rivals that of a Labrador puppy,
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Peter Yates obituary

Versatile British film director known for Bullitt, The Deep and Breaking Away

The director Peter Yates, who has died aged 81, helped Steve McQueen achieve iconic status with the cop movie Bullitt (1968), enjoyed a massive box-office success with The Deep (1977) and made one of the most beguiling of all youth movies in Breaking Away (1979). He maintained a steady career throughout five decades, initially in the theatre and then in mainstream cinema, but he suffered the critical neglect so often accorded those who tackle a variety of subjects and genres and become known, somewhat disparagingly, as journeyman directors.

Pauline Kael described him as a competent director "with a good serviceable technique for integrating staged movie action into documentary city locations". David Thomson suggested that, in America, Yates had "done nothing more profound than send hubcaps careering around corners". Bullitt's famous San Francisco car chase (later revived by Ford as part of
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Peter Yates, Oscar-nominated director of 'Breaking Away,' 'Bullitt,' dies at 81

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Peter Yates, Oscar-nominated director of 'Breaking Away,' 'Bullitt,' dies at 81
Four-time Oscar-nominated director Peter Yates has died at the age of 81 at his home in London. A statement from his agent Judy Daish says that he passed away following an illness.

Yates was nominated both as a producer and a director for the 1979 movie "Breaking Away" and the 1983 movie "The Dresser." He is also perhaps even more famous for helming the 1968 movie "Bullitt," starring Steve McQueen. "Bullitt" features a classic movie car chase sequences through the steep and winding streets of San Francisco, it's considered one of the best ever. Watch the video below.

Yates' most recent project was the 2004 made-for-tv movie version of "A Separate Peace," which was also actor Hume Cronyn's last project before he passed away in 2003.

Yates is survived by his wife Virginia and a son and daughter. The family has said a private funeral service will be held later this week.
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Moviemaker Yates Dies

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Moviemaker Yates Dies
British moviemaker Peter Yates has died at the age of 82.

The director passed away in London on Sunday after suffering a long illness. No more details were available as WENN went to press.

Yates dreamed of becoming an actor in his youth, studying at Britain's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and going on to star on the stage before working as an assistant director for Tony Richardson.

His feature directorial debut was 1963's low-budget Summer Holiday starring Sir Cliff Richard and he went on to direct Steve McQueen in acclaimed 1968 cop movie Bullitt.

Yates received four Academy Award nominations throughout his career, a double nod for Best Producer and Best Director for Breaking Away (1979) and another two nominations for The Dresser (1983).

More recently, he worked on a 2000 TV adaption of Don Quixote and 2004's A Separate Peace.

Peter Yates, a director of distinction, passes away

Late Sunday evening the news broke on Nikki Finke's Deadline that director Peter Yates had passed away. He was 82 and suffering from what the site only refers to as a "long illness."

Yates was one of those names on the periphery of becoming an A-list director, fully competent in his craft but never quite breaking through into the next level. While I'm on the border of speaking ill of the man's work (and I truly don't mean to do a disservice to his memory), as I look back at his resume, few of Yates' films ever stood out and most feel trapped in the eras in which they were made. Still, even though several of his films themselves aren't memorable or well regarded today, I always felt that Yates was able to impart a certain kind of classiness and sophistication to his work. That made his pictures stand out from
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Do You Suffer From Cinematic Synesthesia?

Do You Suffer From Cinematic Synesthesia?
Synesthesia fascinates me. No, I'm not talking about the Japanese thriller about a serial killer with the disorder, I'm talking about the disorder itself. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which one's sensory pathways became crossed, resulting in perception associations that are otherwise unrelated. For example, some people who suffer from synesthesia always think of the color blue when they also think of the number 3, or when they hear the words "mashed potatoes" they taste bacon. Yes, it's a very abnormal affliction, my question is...does this ever happen to you with movies?

I can think of one specific title that applies to me. The 1980 film Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton, is inextricably (and inexplicably) linked in my mind with John Knowles' novel A Separate Peace. I have absolutely no idea why, but I cannot watch more than
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AMPAS spotlights film posters in exhibit

AMPAS spotlights film posters in exhibit
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will shine its spotlight on movie posters in its new exhibition, "Art of the Movie Poster: Illustrated One-Sheets and Design Concepts from the Paul Crifo Archive," opening next Thursday in the Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.

The exhibition will focus on the decades from the 1950s through the '80s, showcasing the creative process by which a finished movie poster is achieved. Each stage of the process will be represented, through reference stills, concept sketches and hand-rendered and photographic "comps." Also featured will be many of the approved original illustrations of "key art."

Multiple poster concepts will be displayed alongside the final "winning" posters, which are from the collections of poster designer Paul Crifo and the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library. This exhibition marks the first time that much of Crifo's work will be on display for public viewing.

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